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directed management is fundamental to change. that certainly in the uk and most of europe and the u.s. is covered across the messy business of politics which so often means that, you know, decisions of big infrastructure projects and crying out to be taken. they become paralyzed by the in ability to brokers of political agreements and consensus. i think that we can be plenty prescriptive of what cities need. also, do not forget that you have to drive the management process but also look after politics at the same time. >> how do we cope with democracy in a city? >> well, there you are.
>> i would like to bring in the governor holt right now to say that you are many ways -- you say you officially have five billion people and probably near to ten million people that reflects of this boom and quite dramatic on two-thirds of the world's population living byey 2050. everyone will be living in how on earth do you in bangkok cope with this sudden expansion, i mean, do you have the ability to execute decisions quickly or are you being affected by messy politics, too? >> can you cope of what we are talking about of green technology. >> for a long time -- for a long time we expanded our economy,
with city planning and very little legal power even to the city. thirty years ago, exactly thirty years ago of exactly a new law has passed. yes, in many ways we have been able to address many of the challenges that have risen over the last thirty years and the challenge that is we inherited from the period fall out. we perhaps, have benefited from relatives in the thirty years since that law has passed. there is been over twenty changes of the government. >> you had twenty national leaders. >> fourteen --
>> okay, well, certainly. that makes it a tight politics to be stable. >> yes, still, we need to amend the law because the world has changed. we need more capacity, capacity to deal with more problems, and introducing green technology. it is difficult if we require great investments. bangkok pays 17% of the nation's taxes. but, we get it from the government less than .7 of the national budget. >> .7? >> .7.
in absolute terms, the national budget has gone up four times while in absolute terms, the money we get from the government remains exactly the same. >> so my question is, imagine tomorrow, you said okay, i am governor of bangkok, i want to deal with environmental problems, could you in theory talk to other people and just develop a scheme to get green finan financed and implemented? do you have that power or are messy politics getting in your way. is democracy the problem or is it the problem that the national government is impeding what you do? >> we are lallowed to talk to different people and enhance in agreements. i don't engage in travel politics. i have had to work with three different governments if the
last seven years. and, i think on the whole there it is reasonable over thor yahoyaho the years. yes, we can go one way of politics, in need. we were more progressive than the government because we introduced the first carbon mission plan by the government agency. the first plant started in 2007. now, we are starting our second plan which is our seven years plan. we can go ahead. >> that's probably more than london as well. >> you see some of these policies will have their -- will be initiated and will have their own origin at a local level, you know, as a community level. some will be determined by the
national government and the city's government then becomes the mediator and the implementer. it seems to me that the important thing is to be pretty focused on the small number of policies that can be transformational that you as a city government have the power to deliver. >> right. >> yeah, i was just -- i would just echo what has just been said. in that i think the issues and everywhere i look is political and it is not just in democracy. you know using -- the u.s. makes -- two comments, first of all, your comment about infrastructure. in the u.s. we all know we need massive investments and infrastructures.
again, it is not the government, i don't think the government has the money to do everything that needs to be done and how do you attract primary capital. we have learned all the multiple regulations and ways and political risks that make it an attractive investments. it is really hard, you are talking about building the kind of power grid we should have in the united states and you look at all tl righe right away and the developmental laws. i am going to go to china because some people -- i can can the emperor, well, you know the president, ping, why don't you ask him and get something done. you look at the diffused decision making in china and you look at the power that is being involved of the cities on the one hand but on the other, cities don't really have a
sustainable system of fiscal finance and mayors don't have real budget authorities. they have to take someone's land and go to it and use it, you know, finance investment infrastructures. they need massive tax reform, major tax reform. that's very difficult to get to in china. there are all sorts of issues that they don't have the national government of democracy they need. so the president is trying to modern siize the government and grow that. they don't have a legal system to enforce on that law. they need to start using environmental measures to assess mayors in terms of jobs performance. so there is -- everywhere i look, i think these issues are
issues of management capacity but also political ?ónrissues. and, unfortunately, a lot of things that are needed to be done are politically involved here. >> except for singapore which has a howholistic model. >> there is something to be said with the ordeal, government. i would like to pick up the point also about everything being political and mayors don't have enough resources or the power. i am not sure the answer is to give mayors that much power. it is a problem in a country, you know? there are ten cities who are doing very well and enhances power. i can see the sense of jealousy
regua regarding some of that will power. mayors demonstrated and they learned from each other. they have done a good job from learning from each other and inspiring from each other. >> mayors in the u.s. have a lot of power. >> yes. >> and they get things done. it is really -- one of the strongest perks about the u.s. system with the exception of the way some of the fiscal affairs and other than that, it is a thing -- >> someone who's going around the country quite a bit spending time at washington and spending time looking at what's happening in some of the local areas of municipal school region and cities is widely inspiring. you have experiments all over america which are showing different ways of having
governance. i want to view the questions in just a minute. before i do, the questions that rise in my mind hearing you talk and hearing about the fact that men can get things done more stable in a government is should we be asking cities to play a bigger role on the global stage? should cities be involved in setting our foreign policies or trying to circumvent the national government to create a connection. certainly in london right now, there is quite a lot of people in london who would like to succeed and create their own city states. is there time talking about that as an agent of our policy? >> i want to say is one view is someone is not carrying water from one side of the other. they're different systems and some there are different forms of federalism.
cities where actions are going to take place. so there is a huge role whether mayors like it or not, there is a huge role in managing cities, and in almost every city i can think of there is a huge role in terms of the environment. there is no doubt if they do that. there is a huge role in terms of making city competitive and open for business and so again, we can argue about whether we should give cities more power or not. i focus on how you create the models because that's where the action is going to take place and the policy setting up at a national level, they're going to be implemented in many cases as the city.
that's where you deal with crime or you know preventing terrorism or you are dealing with education which is almost, you know, education -- the training businesses working with cities to train so i just see this as being huge and again come back to cities making great models. >> i think this question, should cities be free to develop a foreign policy really -- it kind of forgets the order which is certain functions of a national government has to discharge. i think that the -- i am sure london of the cities that's known best in the world. you can argue the case in describing london's foreign policy which is by and large
proeuropean and out good looking and pro-immigration in favor of utilizing the links with countries like india or parts of south america and china. t but, so i think that's fine. but, i think it is very important not to forget that the electric of mayors elected will judge the success of a mayor by his or her ability to do what they need for their city. you can have very grand policies and lose an election if you have the hopes that people need and improve the quality of the infrastructure. again, you come back to this. you campaigning in poetries and
it has to be of practical and very clearly managed change >> do you think someone like the new mayor of england should come out and stay? >> absolutely. because it is in london's interest to remain as part of the european union. look at the business in london who speaks with virtually one voice of european investment in london. he was absolutely right to share a platform with the primary minister in doing that because this is an issue which is a matter of national concern. >> would you go out and be an ambassador of thailand and not just bangkok? >> cities becoming national
leaders or heads of government. but, while they remain -- there is very little time engage in national diplomacy. there is a heavy downfall in bangkok -- where is governor and why is he here for the speech? [ laughs ] >> it does not mean we don't engage in diplomacy at all. we have built a good relationship with different cities. that's one thing. it is a totally different thing to engage on purpose of international diplomacy on
sustained bases. >> right. >> i fully agree with everything that has just been said. i would say that cities do and mayors do conduct some kind of s diplomacies. they do it for trade missions. i know when governor, bill clinton when he was governor, he went to taiwan. he went to japan quite a few times. i think they're trying to get investments. for some extent, it is foreign policy but not the way it touches on security and grand strategies. but, as an ambassador of washington, i was quite intrigued to find of the poll
sanctions of why above what the united states is imposing and boston as well. >>. >> i was actually interested and i was quite intrigue of how could this be >> that's apart of the spirit of americadiversity. i am telling you one thing you see but it is becoming much more intense with the globalization and the capitol being as mobile as it is. it is amazing how competitive where businesses are looking they're going to build mayors and governors -- that's a big part of their job and in coming at more intense and difficult.
you will find mayors fighting and promoting to bring business or bring protection trying to protect dying industries. >> yeah, on that note, i want to quickly ask you before i turn to the audience for questions, if london -- if the uk, does london loses its global perch? >> well, lets hope that does not happen. now i think that it will be damage to london's economy. yes. >> and what probability do you give right now? >> i think we'll remain but the important thing is that we vote to remain conclusively so the issue is settled suddenly÷uó fo the next generation. >> i think it is exactly --
>> i think and i could not agree more with what she said because business -- london is a center for global business. it is a global financial center. so that it will be devastating and i don't think it will happen. >> i hope you are right that many political predictions have been appended this year. >> mine is worth absolutely nothing. i am just an optimist. >> right, lets have some questions from the audience. if you would wish to ask your questions very short. i have some microphones in the audience. if you wish to direct to an individual person to let me know. if not, i will direct it myself. so any questions for the panel?
question back there. >> i am from thave heard intere things about global north of the developed world and cities. i would like to know where do global cities and developing countries of those are facing profound violence and dysfunctio dysfunctions. it is very different, i mean they are inspired to be global cities as the introductor introductory -- can they be global city as they're facing high-level violence and several deep problems that does not affect the cities of chicago or new york. >> you don't see violence in chicago? >> i was going to say. [ laughs ] >> with this year, that's not.
would you like to comment on this issue? how do you come back on the violence and can you be a true global city if you are? >> i think my comments aside is people of the violence in chicago which is, you know, very, very sad. now, in the areas where business is operating and it has an effect of the competitiveness. it is a huge problem. now, do i think global in developing world that there are only true global cities there, the answer is you betcha. when you look and stepping back -- those of us who have been raised inside the developing world. the world is changing in the sense of where the economic growth is coming from.
you look at cities and the countries and the percentage of global economy of ten or twenty years ago of what's happening in the future and the economic weight is going to be shifting to asia and to other parts. so the idea people thinking shanghai or beijing or jundu are going to be right or wrong with hong kong of standing global cities, i think are, you know don't understand what's happening. i think they got it real if they got it right. they'll be important economic drivers. but for them to get it right, china is going to need a new
economic problem. >> right. >> they are going to nee need -- thaer not dealing with crime there. thaer dealing with terrible pollution issues. they're dealing with other serious issues in terms of dealing with their own form of immigration and in terms of immigration of people from the countryside without having access to education and health care. yes, i think -- and i think your question when you look at latin america and look at different places and africa, you look at what's going to happen of the developing world and cities bringing up and bringing up and becoming three our four million population a night, if they
don't deal with the issue, it will impact all of us in terms of what it does to our global system and what it does to our global economy. >> right. >> i think this is such a good and an important question. i think my reaction is on three levels. first of all, cities don't become global cities by asserting that they are global city. i think the second is the fear of crime and neighborhoods where crime is affected of everyday life and i represented in my years of a member of parliament in such a neighborhood makes this self-confidence outlooking and self-confidence of being a global city almost impossible
which is why mayors tackling crime and bringing down crime. i think the third thing i would say with the rio olympics of 35 days away, i greatly respected the ambition of the international olympic committee and i know we'll talk about the big event over the course of conference and the part that they have to play. i am sure that the rio olympics will be a huge success. but, obviously, they have not come without a price in disrupti disruptions on so forth by the
community who are living there and crime disruption there day by day so i think you absolutely if you are sort of registered a question of the heart of what wp mean by global city cities and what leadership is required in order to create a global city. >> we have a different question being tweeted. what role does naturalization of immigrants played in the poll. >> ambassador chan, would you like to comment on this question? >> singapore is a open society. we were so open in increasing our population through
immigration and our immigration is not rural country. it is no t t migration to rural country. we have been very good about opening doors. singapore is not reproducing themselves. in fact, in singapore today one out of every four that you meet on the street is not from singapore. they're a foreigner. it could be 1.3 something. now, you can be naturalized to be a citizen, but like most cities elsewhere, we are also receiving some political backlash from too many immigrants. so while we remain open, we are staggering of that openness. it is usually important of
immigrants playing a productive role in society and helps singapore prosper and they play an important role. >> anymore questions from the audience? we have a question down there, right? just got a few more minutes. >> steve clemons from the atlantic. my question is from none of you from the various city that is you represent are talking about transformational powers that's received in things like data. ron emanual is -- the power and limits of future cities that i am interested in how you think
about data and how that is changing. what's possible in the cities that you are representing? >> i think everyone here, steve, will say that data of course plays a major role and how we use data to help in city management is going to be2!na crucial in actually managing the problem s o f the city. clearly not every city is at that level. when i think of connectivity and global cities, global cities thrive on connectivity. because of connectivity it is a global city. that connectivity must now move sort of a digital connectivity that digital footprint of
influenced is extremely important. >> how do you use data in bangkok? do you have an opportunity to do that or is that something -- >> we develop a database which will assist us in taxes and other areas like provision of public health and services, elderli elderlies. it is still a working progress. important data is recognized. the use of data also allows an open conversation between the leadership of the city and the people of the city which is why it is important that the data is
trusted and the second thing is trans formational change does not come without inconvenience and asking people to behave differently to either take that car or the bus or walk or all these thing r kinds of things. the data can be a powerful mediator in providing the evidence base. >> i will tell you what's been a huge eye opener for me, the pulse institute sponsored a u.s. china of stable organization, there we have really big companies like tin kirk from apple and from ibm and mary barnes from general motors and on the chinese side and so on.
the proe-connejects of big data instance, it blows me away in terms of what ibm is doing in china, helping them track and be able to predict pollution and source where it is coming from or what can be done in terms of transportation management or the -- and all of these companies of the technology they bring if you are -- and the technology that i see in china in term of managing the power of the grid so this is bringing all kinds of capabilities. and, so i think that is a huge tool for mayors, but still i do think no matter how much of a tool that is so much of the constraints coming down of the
political constraints of getting support from the voters to do the things and do really, really difficult things. >> you are right up. >> i think the reason we did not address is, in terms of getting me, i am not a big data expert. >> well, tlauhere is always a problem on those pesky politics. >> it is been a terrific debate. as steve have said, we'll be picking up many of these themes and discussing them in a lot more details whether it is dealing with data management or the issue of the olympics or other big events how they're impacting the economy. we have a session on violence which is a big issue and tragically even chicago. we have issues on in coming in equality and urban designs and looking at questions of cultures.
the specific themes will be discussed. to me,1íxañ perhaps one of the is harder to screw up national government than to screw up a city to which i would add it is easier to make your mark quickly and do something dynamic for the future. >> amen. >> amen. >> that's what we are all here to discuss. >> thank you very much indeed. [ applause ] >> on american history tv this saturday starting on 1:00 p.m., we are live from gettysburg college of the summer conference as histories and professors examining atomiing topics of re
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>> sunday night, 8:00 eastern of q&a. several others gop lawmakers were part of the conference in washington dc hosted by the faith & freedom coalition. this portion of the event is two hours. good morning. >> good morning. i am absolutely thrilled to be here with you this morning. how would feel to see so many conservatives here again and ready for the battle because this is a fight that we have to win. and, being here, you are going to win the foundation and going out there being the first soldier.
we as conservatives, we know if we focus on personality, we'll lose every time. if we focus on issues and the constitution, we'll win. i want to bring you up to date on the work that we are doing in the house of representatives. everybody remembers the videos that came out last year and with every video, we got a little bit more insight of what's happening with abortion. we got a view of doctors who's willing to sell body parts for money. a view that exploited young women and seeing their babies as a profit center. many of you are thinking what are you going to do about it? >> house of representatives are doing something about it. [ inaudible ] >> you cannot hear me. the microphone is not on. so lets see.
>> can you hear me now? >> yeah >> all right. 71j31j31j3 >ru&%ibwñu everybody saw. and you wanted us to do something about it. on october 7th, 2015, the house established the selected panels on infant lives. resell of infants. it is not the usual congressional -- this is about retails and business records and bank records. it is about subpoenas and depositio depositions. let me give you a snapshot of the abortion business and the
fetal tissue industry. there are currently 512 surgical abortion clinics. 1180 doctors who is performed abortions and there are eight procurement businesses that we have under scrutiny. companies that pay money for tissues and resell it. >> these company havies have hus of customers and the transactions. this means individual sales of baby body parts for money.
statute was passed as a henry waxplan amendment in 1993. it's a basic accounting statute. sell the baby body part for a profit, and you are in violation of the law. donate the body parts, you're within the law. this is one of the reasons we have issued subpoenas, 36 subpoenas to date. we've had very little cooperation with big abortion. we have document redacted, missing also. there's been little compliance from the middleman. people have said we will not comply with the congressional subpoena. some people have said, start the contempt process, and i plan to do exactly that. [ applause ] >> these subpoenas will be enforced. at our first hearing on the bioethics, the democrats agreed that nobody should sell a baby body part for a profit.
their star witness admit that outside of a few early vaccines, no cures had come from fetal tissue research. they agreed that no one should be able to get pregnant for the purpose of making a fetal tissue donation. the witnesses including a democrat all agreed that the consent form used is very misleading. they agreed that it would be a legal and ethical violation for an abortion clinic and a researcher to deceive the board, called an institutional review board, that by law reviews fetal tissue research. at our second hearing which was on the pricing of fetal tissue, two former u.s. attorneys agreed that our investigation had produced evidence that abortion clinics and the middlemen were profiting from the sale of parts. all of the panelists agreed that we needed the accounting records and bank records from the middlemen. that's the reason for the subpoenas. i want to show you a business
brochure that is absolutely b e bone chilling. take a good hard look. this is offered to the abortion clinics to add a profit center to their clinic. we got the language highlighted there. and you can see they add the selling of baby body parts for profit. now take a look at the website that goes with thebury sure. this is the place -- the brochure. this is the place where they list the body parts, brain, heart, lung, liver, tongue, scap. click on what you want, click on the gestation period you want, click on the date you want it, and proceed to check out to pick your form of shipping. it really is baby parts on demand. this is big abortion today. long gone is the lie of legal, safe, and rare. in big abortion, the baby is a
profit center. whatever the cost. look at these invoices. money paid to the clinics for each body part, money paid to the procurement company, and there are many procurement companies besides stem express. it's all about the money. does it matter that abortion business exploits frightened young women facing a life-changing decision? does it matter that abortion clinics and stem express violate hipaa privacy? does it matter that every one of these actions degrades the rules and the dignity of our organization an donation? yes, it does matter. on the screen, you've got copies of letters that i've sent the inspector general of health and human services. over 70 pages of documented evidence of violations. you can read them all on our
website. i'm not alone in this effort. i chair the select investigative panel, and it is full of some wonderful members. i want to introduce you to our team e team. we've got, did a former nurse, a prosecutor. we're a strong pro-life team. you have joe pitt from pennsylvania, diane black from tennessee, larry çbuchon, sean duffy, vicky harriss, mia love. strong pro-life members. [ applause ] their efforts matter to me, and i know that they matter to you. and knowing about what we're doing in the house is all part of your equipping for the fight. this year matters. i want you to remember that on april 3rd, hillary clinton said, she said on "meet the press,"
that the "unborn person" doesn't have constitutional rights. think about how strikingly callous that is. the unborn person doesn't have constitutional rights. the analytical coldness with which she dismissed rights for unborn children reveals a hardened core that is shocking. abortion restrictions are in place. they are in law specifically because unborn children have constitutional rights. [ applause ] what is even more troubling to subcommittee that her -- to me is that her comments may signal her intention, much the same way president obama has used executive orders on immigrations
to use executive action to block even minimal protections of life at its most vulnerable stage. here is our website. i want each of you to get involved, to tell others, to write letters. write an article. i want you to get on our e-mail list. go to our website. pull down these documents that i have shown you today. and i want to offer to you a call to action. one of our founding fathers, dr. joseph warren, who is president of the massachusetts assembly, the militia, gave the charge and the command as they headed to bunker hill where he lost his life. here is what he said. "on you depend the fortunes of america. you are to decide the important questions upon which rest the happiness and liberty of
millions yet çunborn. act worthy of yourselves. for us today, as conservatives, stepping up in this election season, equipping for the task at hand, focusing on the issues, and making certain that we're there to protect life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." that is our charge in this election season. may god bless you. may he bless your weekend and equip you for a winning, a victorious month ahead. thank you so much. [ applause ] >> ladies and gentlemen, please help me welcome to the stage from the great state of west virginia, congressman alex mooney. [ applause ]
>> thank you. it's such a pleasure to be with you here bright and early. congratulations on your efforts to be parts of this effort to take our country back from the far left who's intent on ruining it, making it some socialist utopia which will be a complete failure. my name is alex mooney. i'm in my first term in congress, from the great state of west virginia. i've been passionate about the political process my entire life. my father served in vietnam as an army captain. received the bronze star and was political and raised me to believe in fighting for our country. my mother when she turned 20 years old was sitting in a prison cell in fidel castro's cuba. my mother was born and raised in cuba. when the bay of pigs invasion failed, they locked everybody up that wasn't a communist. she was fortunate to be able to flee and be accepted in this country. she saw an entire country taken from her by a despotic dictator, an evil person, because there is good and evil in this world. some would have you believe it's
differences of opinions and there's no objective truth, it's all subjective and right and wrong differs for every person. that is not true. there is good in this world, and there's evil in this world. there's evil here in this country as congresswoman blackburn talked about, the killing of unborn children. we're passionate about this as are you because you're here. my parents raised me to get involved in the process ate young age. i believe it's everybody's duty to get involved some way or another. for example as an absolute minimum, everybody should vote. everyone seems to agree. everyone should vote. yet we all know people in our family, neighbors, friends and church who actuallyç don't vot. even in presidential years, some people don't vote. at the minimum, people should vote. there's other ways to get involved. you're here at a conference so obviously you're more active than that. you can volunteer, support candidates, supporting causes. i applaud you because it's desperately needed. frankly, i think right now what we're facing in this country is close to a constitutional crisis. we have a president, an
executive, who think he can make the laws. and that's not the way the system works. the founders of our country wisely set up a system of three co-equal branches of government. the president of the united states enforces laws. he doesn't make up the laws hims and go around congress -- himself and go around congress to do is on. this has become quite a difficult battle in the congress now. my state of west virginia,skool o -- coal is our number-one product, drives our economy. the president decided to start a war on coal. he's using a department agency, department of interior, or any means at his disposal to shut down the coal industry because of a radical environmentalist agenda not based on science. he's been prosecuting this war for a long time. unnecessarily putting people out of work, costing good-paying jobs for families just for a political agenda. one of my first battles in congress -- i'm in my freshman year, so a year and a half.
february of last year, president obama decided to declare executive amnesty by executive order, illegal immigrants were told they could stay which is against our law in this country. he did that by executive order. and one of the things that's so scary about that is president obama himself had said no fewer than 22 times that he lacked the authority under the constitution to do that by himself. when he was speaking to groups, left wing groups, i'm speaking to a conservative group. when he would speak to liberal groups, people would ask, why don't dusektive amnesty -- do executive amnesty by illegal order, he said i don't have the authority to do. he used terms like, i'm not a king, i'm not the dictator, i'm not the emperor of the united states, i'm the president. there are restrictions, and i can not do this by executive order. he himself said it no fewer unanimous 20 times. everyone knew the president lacked the authority to do that, and he did it anyway.
that, ladies and gentlemen, is a scary thing. the president does not have that power. part of the battle, i know you've been watching, is in congress simply to assert ourselves and stand up for the constitutional powers that we have. i've gottenç familiar with article 1 section 7 of the united states constitution which simply says the power to raise revenue, the power of the purse, known as the power of the purse, lies specifically with the united states house of representatives. so when the president of the united states gets out of control and starts going around congress and making up laws through the rulemaking process of his departments and through executive orders, congress was empowered by the founders of our country to stop him through the power of the purse. we simply need to do that -- [ applause ] >> thank you. there's been a lot of talk about having study commissions and how to do a task force to examine how to control the president and maintain the power of congress.
we don't need all that. it's right there. we have it. we simply have to do it. someone is essentially being a bully. this president is being a bully. this isn't a partisan comment. the president doesn't have power to do these things. we'll have an election this year. the new president, whoever he or she may, doesn't have the power to go around congress. this is a constitutional issue for the separation of powers. we just need to assert ourselves. we have some differences on tactics in congress but not differences on the principles. what's been interesting to me to see what's been happening, and it's so frustrating -- i know it's frustrating to you -- is when the house passes bills, and recall we have the largest conservative majority, we have 247 republicans and 188 democrats. that's the largest republican majority in over 80 years. and it's been frustrating to see us pass bills that have the u.s. senate abuse the filibuster rule. the u.s. senate, the minority party, minority party, not the majority party, they would like everyone to think they're the majority party, but they're not. the minority party in the united states senate, led by harry reid, filibusters everything.
everything. you need 60 votes to pass something over there. and we need to put that on the floor and make them filibuster it so the world can see the obstructionist tactics they're using. i'll tell you why they do it -- they're attempting to shut down government and try blame the majority party for that which is, of course, unfair. that's something that's been a battle for us to push back against. whether we pass bills in the house of representatives, we should wait until the senate act and appoint a conference committee. for us to pass good bills, bills that rein in regulation, appropriations bills, we'll doing it right now, this week, next week. we're doing it all year. we're passing appropriations bills one at a time with riders, things that defund planned parenthood, things that stop obama's war on coal -- [ applause ] >> thank you. and various other --ç they're called riders. those are policies. we say you can't take the money and go against the american people, what congress was elected to see. i say fts people in this country
wanted -- i say if the people in this country wanted everything president obama is doing to go unchecked he would have been nancy pelosi as speaker of the house. she was speaker for a fee yours. they didn't put her as speaker of the house. they put paul ryan and us in charge of the house. the voters have asked for the check and balance. weigh can't get everything, but there's a lot we can do. one victory we did have last year was we passed the bill in the house and the senate to repeal obamacare completely. [ applause ] thank you. completely. every word of it. we used the budget reconciliation act, so there's procedures we can use to get around the senate filibuster, specifically on a few thing. that's what we did. we passed that with all republican votes, no democrat votes. we passed it completely. it went to the president's desk. as expected, president obama vetoed the bill. we were trying to send the american public a message -- if you give us a new president, one who's not for obamacare, we can repeal that completely.
we'll do it. [ applause ] and rest assured, if we maintain a conservative majority in the house and senate, one of the first things we'll do next year is repeal that bill completely. you'll see that on the desk of the president. thank you. [ applause ] i know there's frustration out there and doubt. when i was seeking election to this office, the number-one skepticism i had is that we could make a difference at all. we are fighting hard and with your help, will continue to make a difference for our values saz people believe in traditional christian values and less government and freedom and free enterprise and strong national defense. thank you for coming very much. i look forward to being at the ballot with you. god bless. [ applause ] >> ladies and gentlemen, help me welcome to the stage, savannah berry, liberty university, young women for america, president.
[ applause ] >> hello, i'm here to introduce our next speaker, congresswoman virginia fox from the fifth district of north carolina. congresswoman fox was first elected to congress in 2005, and prior to that served as the senator in north carolina's legislature for ten years. congresswoman fox has established herself as a champion of conservative values in both congress and the north carolina senate. however, most notabny she has been one of the most fearless leaders in congress when it comes to the pro-life issue. without fail, it has been said of her that she's one of the most dedicated, unwavering, persistent, and hard-working members of congress when it comes to thepro-life. this is evident in her fight for 290-week ban, as she was one of the members of congress that led the fight for this piece of legislation on the house floorchfloor. as a young pro-life woman, i'm
happy to have her example in congress. join me in welcoming the congresswoman from the great state of north carolina, congressman virginia fox. >> thank you very much. thank you. [ applause ] >> thank you very much, savannah, i appreciate that. i told savannah backstage that a young woman who runs my office is a liberty grad. she came to me as an intern about 11 years ago. the first few minutes i talked with her, she got me some information. i said to my chief of staff, that woman's staying here as long as i'm here. so you keep her. she stayed, and i'm so grateful to her. we love the liberty grads, we really do. [ applause ] i want to say that it's a great honor to be with you this morning. and especially as i have seen the list of speakers and heard already a couple of my colleagues speaking to you and some more back in the back
getting ready to speak to you. i think you will see what a wonderful group of republican members that we have in the congress. you will see that we are very strongly committed to faith and freedom in our country. and we are leading the fight in this area, but we need folks like you out there in the hin r hinterlands helping back us up on this. i want to say to you it's an honor to be with you, and i want to encourage you as the other members have encouraged you, and i'm sure the members coming after me will to stay involved and get even more involved. i agree everybody can do something. when i get letters from people in my office and i read my own mail and answer my own mail, so i stay up with what's going on, people say, what are you going do about president obama? what are you going to do about this? i turn it back around and say,
what are you gát do? we can't do this alone in the congress of the united states. we have to have everybody involved. i'm so delighted that marcia talked to you about the select investigative panel on infant lives. i'm the one who originally introduced that bill. and i want to tell you it is a prime example of one of our major responsibilities in the congress that is often overlooked. that is the responsibility of oversight of the executive branch. you know, we read about how dysfunctional congress is all the time. that's all the press wants to talk about is that because republicans are in charge, we're dysfunctional. that is just not true. don't buy into that. i asked recently because people were saying, why can't you all just get along -- do you know 99% of our bills pass with
bipartisan support? we do work together, and we have between 20 and 80 hearings a week. and you never hear about that. we're passing legislation, but also we have lots of committees doing their work in terms of oversight of the executive branch. we're delving into what the executive branch is doing and how it is either doing its work right or not doing its work right, as well as agencies that get money from the federal government like planned parenthood. and that's part of our responsibility. i think we're doing it very well. i do want to tell you again very briefly, you're going to hear from a variety of us, and i want to tell you because i hope to inspire the young people here like savannah. you might think that members of congress come from rarefied backgrounds. i want to tell you, i grew up in western north carolina in a
house with no electricity and no running water. my mother had a sixth grade education. my father, a ninth grade education. as i tell people that, i tell them i'm not telling you that to complain or to brag. i'm only saying we live in the greatest country in the world. [ applause ] and i was asked this morning on a radio show if i were giving a commencement speech right now, this is commencement season, what would i say to young people? and i would say that to them. wake up. open your eyes, and realize youç live? the greatest country in the world where you have every opportunity to exercise the god-given skills and talents you have, to be wherever it is you want to be. when i was younger, i was focused on surviving. that's all i was focused on. i did not know god would lead me
to where he has led me. i feel very strongly that i could not be in the congress of the united states without the hand of god guiding me and bringing me here. [ applause ] i love the title of your group -- good faith and freedom. we all know that's how our country was formed was on faith and the concept of freedom. we are losing those freedoms slowly but surely in this country. the only way to keep them is for people like you to be involved and to make sure that you hold people running for office to account to maintain our freedom and to make sure that our faith is not pushed aside. i don't know how many of you
ever get a chance to go down and see the congress in session, but you know, we begin every day with a prayer and the pledge of allegiance. and every republican meeting that we have -- our conference meetings, even not all the committee meetings, but a lot of our special committee meetings, we begin with a prayer and pledge of allegiance. i think it's important you know that because we do look to god for guidance. i will tell you some of the prayers given in our conference are so inspiring, i've been collecting them. i hope someday to be able to publish those. but i want to tell you have folks on our side of the aisle and some people on the other side of the aisle who want to sustain what founded our country. this morning, i said to one of my staffers before i came, i said, i want to talk just a bit about the founding of the country and this theme of faith
and freedom. and i said, i know, i've read that the founders, the signers of the constitution, the signers of the declaration of independence were members of the american bible society, most were çpreachers. most of you probably know that history. if you don't, i encourage you to go to wall builders and learn more it it. but i found something really interesting. my staff gave me the list of presidents of the american bible society, and i see that united states senator theodore frelinghausen was president in 1946. then his brother was elected. the reason i mention it s because there's a frelinghausen in congress right now from new jersey. that thread has stayed with us throughout our history. we want to keep that thread
there. i will tell you that again, you hear lots of negative things about you, but it's important to know there's really positive things that happened. we have a prayer breakfast every thursday morning out of which the national prayer breakfast developed. we get together in a bipartisan fashion, and we pray for each other and pray for our leaders. i go to a bible study on wednesday mornings. my group focuses on jesus calling. how many of you read "jesus calling" every day? it's so great. it's one of the best devotionals that we have. i want to talk just a little bit more about policy. as some people have talked about and will allude to, speaker ryan has asked us to look at setting up an agenda called better way for the american people. we want to point out to people that we have a philosophy, and
we have an agenda that if we are returned to congress with a republican majority and get a republican president, then we will have a better way for the american people. we believe we will win on philosophy and ideas. we don't want this contest this fall to be a contest of just personalities. we are working on that. and we have rolled out the first one which is on poverty, opportunity, and education. these are the things that our faith-based organization vs. always been so good at -- organizations have always been so good at. we want to give them even more of an opportunity in the future. do you know anything that the government does better than the private or nonprofit sector? nothing. absolutely nothing.ç we've been spending a trillion dollars a year on poverty programs and haven't moved the needle one bit. so we want to reengage the faith
community working with us to make a difference for the american people. go back to the beltway used to be in this country where that was the responsibility of our faith-based organizations. you know, i am somebody who begins each day, as i said, reading "jesus calling." sometimes i read it at midnight before bed. and then read it again in the morning. but i want you to know that most of us starting with the speaker and coming down -- to all of us on our side of the aisle that we know that this nation needs a moral and spiritual foundation in order to survive and thrive. [ applause ] george washington said in his first inaugural, no people can be bound to acknowledge and
ignore the invisible hand which conducts the affairs of men more than the people of the united states. we must be involved as people of faith. and i often talk to people at home who feel like they're losing their faith. they say, oh, we can't do anything. we can't do anything. it's all lost. please don't buy into that. do not buy into that. i believe as long as god gives us breath, we have hope, and we can save this country. [ applause ] >> and when i've -- what i've told people for many, many years when they've told me years ago when first ran for the state senate, i was at a church meeting people. and they said, we don't think church and politics should mix. politics is a dirty business. i said, let me tell you something -- if people of faith are not involved in political life, then you're leaving it to the philistines.
[ applause ] and i'm not willing to leave it to the philistines, so i want to say to you thank you, thank you for being involved with the faith and freedom coalition. thank you for care being this country. thank you for being people of faith, and don't be discouraged -- i'm not discouraged. you shouldn't be discouraged. you're going to hear a lot of other members of congress who are going to encourage you to do the same thing. this is the greatest country in the world. help usç keep it that way. god bless you, and god bless america. [ applause ] [ cheers ] >> ladies and gentlemen --
>> ladies and gentlemen, please welcome from the great state of georgia, congressman jodi heiss. >> thank you very much. what a tremendous honor to be here. i pressure the -- i appreciate the opportunity to come. most of all, thank you for being parts of this and the faith and freedom coalition. what an outstanding job you're doing. for some of you who may not know, my background is actually in ministry. i was a pastor for 25 or 30 years. conservative radio talk show host, as well. and i want to share with you just a couple of bits of good
news. i think all of us from here in washington, a lot of discouragement. not necessarily from washington representatives but what we all just feel. what's happening in our country. we're watching the demise of our country right before our eyes. we are disturbed. we're broke. i want to give a little good news and want to circle back and give you some other points and perspectives. one of the committee s i serve n is ogr, organization of government and reform. the group that deals with the three branches of government which today are waste, fraud, and abuse. that's what ogr deals with. whenever there's inefficiency, waste, scandal, it comes under the jurisdiction of our committee. this past year, we have actually called for the removal of office from ogr. removal of office from various departments and agencies, somewhere in the ballpark of 20
different heads of departments. we have been successful inç removing 18 out of 20. [ applause ] that's not the type of thing you hear about in the news. i wish that type of information would get out more. that's good news. one of the two that we have not been successful in is a guy named john koskinen, head of the irs. we asked -- you remembered lois lerner e-mail scandals and targeting of the irs on conservatives and conservative christian organizations? absolutely inexcusable. we've had hearings with koskinen. we asked him to step down from his position. he refused to do so. we sent a letter to the president asking him to remove koskinen. he refused to do anything about it. so we went the next step, and that is we filed articles of impeachment against john
koskinen. [ applause ] it's taken several months, but i'm glad to report to you that just a couple of weeks ago, the house judiciary committee took up hearings on that. we are going to stay on his case until he finds something else to do or has a clean cell that he can spend a lot of time in. [ applause ] i'm also honored to be part of a group of evangelicals within congress trying to reach out to the christian community across america. we just had our first meeting with many leading pastors from across the country. we understand that we have got to have people of faith, christian leaders across the country engage with us in prayer and in -- impacting our culture. we had a fantastic meeting about a month ory is ago. we've got a conference call with a group of pastors that will take place next week. we're trying to expand that.
we understand the tremendous need. another huge thing that right now we're engaged in is fada, first amendment defense act. i don't have to tell anyone in here that the rise of persecution and harassment is massively on the increase in the united states of america, and we have got to defend our rights to keep the doors of the gospel open and to keep the rights of conscience for every believer and every christian and every citizen in this country, to live according to their beliefs and to do so without fear of intimdation or harassment or punishment from ourç governmen. [ applause ] so we're working hard to push the first amendment defense act through. a couple things. let me circle around in my closing moments that we have. i don't know how else to say it, but we are in the fight of our life for our country.
absolutely the fight of our life. and at the core of that battle is the spiritual need and the fact that we have and we continue to forsake the judeo-christian principles upon which this nation was established. the principles that have separated this country from every other nation in the history of the world. that is the core problem that we're experiencing. and spiritual problems cannot be resolved by political solutions or political prowess. we are firmly aware of that. friends, absolutely the greatest need we have in this country is a spiritual awakening. we need you. i want to thank you for being a part of this. as i mentioned a few minutes ago, my background is in ministry. i've been a pastor for many years. conservative radio talk show host for about 12.
and the redefining moment -- there have been several. one of the redefining moments in my life came when the aclu came out to the county where i was pastoring over the ten commandments that were in the courthouse. members of our church put the commandments in the courthouse. that lawsuit literally marched right inside the doors of our church. that of the beginning of a turning point in my life. i stepped up and became a leader in that battle. later on we had a big battle with the irs, and their attempt to censor what can and not be said in pulpits across america. we continue that battle to this day. the point of saying all that is to say this -- this is our country. this is our turf. and the reality hit me one day that it is we the people. you realize as christians we have two mandates to engage our
culture to make a difference. we have passages like matthew 5 that call us to be light in our world regardless of the country we live in. we are called to be salt and light regardless of where we something else. we have a system of government that does not work without involvement from the people. we have both a biblical mandate and the honor of living in a country that doesn't work unless we step up to the plate and engage this thing head on. when that reality hit me, i realized that i can't just complain, i can't just do the things that i was doing at that point. there is a deep -- a very deep sense of responsibility and duty to step up. and after much prayer, my wife and i felt like we -- this is what we needed to do, and god led the way. none of us can do it all.
all of us can't -- we're not called to be part of public office. all of us can do something, and you are right there in the midst of it. from the depths of my heart, i say thank you for your engage investment our culture. let me close with there quote -- one of my great heroes is james garfield. don't know if you know much about garfield. he's the only minister ever to be elected president of the united states. and unfortunately he was assassinated. i don't know if that has anything to do with it, but garfield, i've never read anything from him that i didn't deeply walk away from saying he got it. he understands. he understood the issues of faith and freedom. he understood the role of religion and morality as our founders described. it and garfield made this -- and garfield made this quote, and i
want to leave you with this -- tell me if it doesn't apply more today than it's ever applied in any of our lifetimes. he said this -- "now more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their congress. if that body -- if that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption." [ applause ] he went on and said, if that body be intelligent, brave, and pure, it's because the people demand these qualities to represent them in the national legislaturement then he said this -- if the nextç secentenn does not find us a great nation, it will be because the people
who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation did not aid in controlling the political forces. folks, this is our turf. it's our country. it's our time for the body of christ to have her finest hour. this is the time to step up to the plate. the stakes are enormously high, as you well know. this is the time. i want to thank you for being engaged. god bless you. keep the torch aplays. [ applause ] >> ladies and gentlemen, please help me welcome to the stage the executive director of the faith and freedom coalition, dave baker. [ applause ] >> senator david perdue was an
outsider and businessman with over 40 years of experience including serving as ceo of reebok and dollar general. david had never run for political office until 2014 when he and his wife bonnie were inspired to get involved and help change the direction of our country. in the senate, he has made his mark on the budget, foreign relations, agriculture, and judiciary committees. david is fighting for georgians and all of us every day in the u.s. senate, and is committed to solving our national debt and global security crisis. ladies and gentlemen, senator david perdue of georgia. [ applause ] >> good morning. i think we have a few georgia folk out here, don't we? [ cheers ] >> all right. i am so honored to be here. we do have a serious moment in our history as you heard from the prior speaker. and i hate having to follow these preachers.
they've got all the anecdotes and all that. jodi's another one. i think we're called to pray for our country, our leaders, yes, even our president. in his role as president, i think we should pray for barack obama. i think we need to be very specific about how we pray. we should pray like psalms 109: 8 says, it says, "let his days be few flea market and let another have his çoffice." [ applause ] in n all seriousness, i believe america is in a moment of crisis. i see three dimensions in that crisis. first, we have a constitutional crisis. not my words. the words of jonathan turley, a constitutional law professor at george washington university here in town. this president has figured out how to run the country without congress three executive orders and regulatory mandate. he's actually created the fourth
arm of government -- the regulato regulators. those regulators just in the last seven years, have created 20,000, over 20,000 new regulations. it's sucking the very life out of our free enterprise system. the second dimension of our crisis, i believe, is the global security crisis. i believe the world is more dangerous right now than any point in my lifetime. i'm a member of the foreign relations committee. i travel a good bit as a part of that responsibility. and i can tell you -- when you meet with these leaders around the world, you can see the fear in their eyes because we are not leading any longer. they're worried about their freedom and their future. the world is very dangerous. we see it on many levels. first, the rise of russia in china and their ever-growing aggressiveness. we see the expansion of isis around the world now. we see the nuclear proliferation
danger among rogue nations like north korea and iran. we see hybrid warfare being perpetrated today, including cyberwarfare and other means. and the last thing that nobody's talking about is we right now have an arms race in space. ladies and gentlemen, the world is a very dangerous place. and yet at this point in our history, this president just like the last two democratic presidents has disinvested in our military to the point where we're spending about 3% of our gdp on our military. that's the lowest point since world war ii. it's $200 billion less than our 30-year average. we have this legacy of this president will be that he's leaving us in the weakest position militarily at the very point we're facing more threats around the world than we ever have. we have today the smallest army since world war ii. the smallest navy since world war i. the oldest and smallest air force ever. i've been around the world visiting these men and women.
i can tell you the best, and i mean the very best of america is in uniform fighting for you and me in defending our nation right now< [ applause ] the third dimension of this crisis is in iraq with the global security crisis. our debt crisis is preventing us from recapitalizing our military to be sure that we can defend our country. we all know the headlines -- $19 trillion of debt. but it gets worse. the congressional budget office says if we don't do something in the next 30 years, that debt goes to $30 trillion. ladies and gentlemen, today if interest rates were just at their 30-year average of 5%, how many of you remember double-digit inflation? yeah. i don't want to go back there, and you don't eergd. if it just went to 5%, we'd be paying over a trillion in interest today. that's not possible on a $4 trillion budget. in the next 30 years alone, future unfunded liability are
estimated to be over $100 trillion. folks, that's $1 million for every family in america. this is intransigence on a major scale. both parties are guilty, by the way. we've got to do something about that. you know, whenever america's been at a moment of crisis, we've worked and worked, and with god's direction, we have found a moment of opportunity. that's what we have today. i think the moment of opportunity is greater than the moment of crisis. we had the opportunity to change our country and set up the next 50 to 100 years for our children and our children's children that would make the last 70 years of economic boom, the greatest in the history of mankind, pale in comparison. beave to get sious about doing something. first, when my wife and i decided to run -- i'd never done anything in politics. my mom and dad were school teachers. she's 90 and thinks i'd lost my mind for running for the senate.
if got so bad halfway through, the depends were here piling on. i was the nominee, and my mother was involved. she called me six weeks out from the election and said, "david, i love you like a son." i said, "mom, aim your son." she said, "yeah, but if these democrats keep up, i might not even vote for you." this is all new me. my wife and i decided we had to do something to try in some small way to change the direction of the country. we saw then there were three things that had to happen in our opinion. one, to change the direction of the country, we had to win the republican majority in 2016 -- in '14, and we did with your help. then we said, well, we need to maintain that majority in 716. most importantly, to change the direction of the country, the way this country is led now, we had to put someone in the white house who was conservative and who understood that we need to change the direction of the country. those were three things we had to do. today we have an opportunity -- this is a presidential election year. we're down to two candidates.
if you want to change the direction of country, you don't want a third term of barack obama, you have to put aside our differences and put donald j. trump in our white house. [ applause ] with trump in the white house and the leadership around him, i believe we can finally bring term limits to the united states senate and united states house of representatives. i believe we can actually -- [ applause ] -- i believe we can actually begin to correct the budget process that's been broken for last 42 years. it's only worked four times, folks. imagine that. that's the root of what this problem's all about. i believe we can eliminate redundant agencies, some $300, $400 billion worth. we can grow this economy. the irony of all these sweeping programs that the democrats have put on us -- you think, how did we get here. the irony is that they failed. we have had in the last 100
years three supermajorities, the first gave us the new deal. the second, great society. the third, obamacare and dodd-frank. i'm a business guy, but i can put at the feet of those three supermajorities most of the responsibility for the financial catastrophe we've got now. the irony is that those sweeping progressive programs have failed the very people they claim to champion -- working middle class and working poor. they failed. today we have the weakest economic recovery in the last 70 years underway. in the last 70 years alone, we have not had one quarter of 3% gdp growth. we -- if you look at the work force we have, we have the smallest work force participation rate since jimmy carter was president. and worst of all, folks, in the last seven years under this president, we've allowed four million women to fall into poverty. it's unconscionable. these programs have failed. the evidence is there. now we have the opportunity.
if we get serious and put our differences aside, we can create an environment where we can fix these things, save says. we can absolutely arrest the rising nature of our health care cost, and put this country on a direction for our children and grandchildren to where we won't have to look at themç and apologize. i believe that one of the most profound things we've got to do is get back to our founding principles of our founding mothers and our founding fathers. economic opportunity, fiscal responsibility, limited government, individual liberty. i think we're called to pray. in second chronicles is says, if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, i will hear them in heaven. forgive their sins and heal their land. ladies and gentlemen, we need that prayer today. we need to heal our land. we need to turn back and turn
away from the direction we've been headed. that's why we have to change the direction of our country. i believe that john adams had it right, that once a constitutional government turns away from freedom, it can never be restored. liberty once lost is lost forever. i don't want to be a member of the first generation in american history that has to tell my children and grandchildren that i'm leaving them a world worse off and less free than the one my parents left me. it doesn't have to be that way. we have the opportunity today to change the direction of our country, and thank you for being involved. if we put donald j. trump in our white house, we can change the direction of our country. we condition allow hillary rodham clinton one more night in our white house. thank you! god bless you. [ applause ]
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allow congressmen to sit at the same table -- >> swept under the rug. >> the government is the democratic party. >> we've got to give them a little something. >> the democrats went from slavey to enslavement. >> corrupt big city bosses, that's how get corrupt unions. >> what does progressive mean? >> social engineering and social control. >> margaret singer. >> the opening video of the democratic convention in 2012, the government is one thing we all belong to. >> what are these democrats hiding? >> this is about buying and selling influence by foreign old garks and foreign governmenting. when you follow -- governments. when you follow the money, there are few coincidences. >> what if the goal of the democratic party is to steal the most valuable thing the world has ever produced? what if their plan is to steal america?
let's stop them now. [ applause ] >> ladies and gentlemen, please welcome to the stage from the great state of oklahoma senator james langford. [ applause ] >> good morning you to. glad i'll able to visit you. let me tell you my story, and let you adjust to my voice. when i first meet people, what i hear most is, "that's not what i expected to come out." i get that. welcome to my life from there. i've served in the united states senate for the last two years. david purdue, who was just here before, he and i came into the senate at the same time. by the way, he's a solid christian leader and is doing a very good job here in the united states senate. [ applause ] i come from little different background, though. i've served 22 years in youth ministry before i came to the
united states congress. now that may seem like an odd direction for you, but frankly, my preparation of working with juveniles for so many years was actually very good preparation to come to congress. for my wife and i, this is what she calls life's greatest interruption. we never planned to go to congress. this was a sense of calling for us. we thought god interrupted our life and said this is what we're asking you to do. when god called us to do that, we spent seven month praying and struggling through to começ to the point -- i'm going to be an old man telling my grandchildren i didn't follow god if i didn't do. this i resigned my position, started to run for congress, obviously elected. we're trying to take off into this task to do the right thing the right way, and to be able to engage the nation in those critical things. i had people tell me you're leaving your calling because you're getting involved in government. that's not where god works. and i always smile to them and said, i'll tell you what you should do -- why don't you go to the old testament.
of the 39 books of the old testament, try to find a book that wasn't written to a political leader by a political leader or about a political leader. to, about, or by. now for those of you that are going to get bored in my speech which will probably happen quickly, you can start thinking about that. i think there are 37 of the 39 books of the old testament that meet that category. if you look at even the calling of saul when he became paul and struck blind on the road to damascus, when anais complained and said, do you really want me to see this guy? the spirit of god said to ananais, yes, he is my chosen instrument, to the jews, the gentiles, and the gentile kings. the rest of the book of acts after that point, you'll the spirit o paul over and over again reaching out to all people groups including government leaders. does god have a heart for the nation through government? absolutely he does. he's the creator of government like he's the creator of the family like he's the creator of so we cannot write off what he work. so we cannot write off what he
has not wri has not written off. we should engage in those areas. we have a bad habit as americans to make our elected officials into celebrities. elected officials are not celebrities. they're asked to do a job, and by the way, this and it has real work.ñi it's slow.ñit( it's tedious and common sense things take forever, and i've he know, big ships don't turn quickly. 3dk"táurn. you have to start by turning the wheel and eventually they will turn. and eventually they will turn. we turned into the storm that ñr we're in as a nation right now.q because prior congress' and leadership including some current leadership have turned us into that storm. we can turn our way back out. we do that?ge is exactly, how do and how can we get that done?e1 i will tell youi] over the past couple of years, andr happened in the senate and
what'su been remarkable to see. favorite question, what tu$oughts just for the senate on what difference it makes. we're actually voting again and that may seem like a trivial jf thing but you don't move on issues unless you vote again. two, or three years ago now under harry reid's leadership 14 amendment votes. 14. we're in the hundreds. we're back into voting again, xd trying to get on the floor to move things.5?1 two years fbjty weçó actually passed the first balanced budget plan passed by congress since 2001.e1 we've laid out a fápath. qlu)q purdue, he and i, several otherç working on a plan to ral reform the budget process.ok we'ret( tryingnnto lay out, how we fivwthis process and make it
work better? every year since 1974 we complain about the same thing.e1 the budget process isn't working. maybe at some point fix the process. laying out how to we fix this process and make it work getter? how to ge we get the senate back to work again? getting rid of common core mandates. that happened this past year. not just a conversation. we passed that into law. we put on the president's desk a full repeal of obama care, put á on the president's desk defunding planned parenthood, shock among shocked, vetoes both but both made it all the way to his desk. major highway bill, we actually had a nice piece in the "wall street journal" dealing with fu?q"om of wor9ha there are lots of folks in this town that want to equate freedom of religion and worship, they're two different things. in our citizenship up to this year, asked new citizen what is one of the freedoms we have as a nation and listed freedom of fá worship. i challenged them on it. that's not what our constitution says. freedom of worship means if you're in that specific place at a specific time you can worship how you want to.xd we have the free exercise of religion. that means you can worship anyplace, anytime and live your faith out not only in your
church house but anywhere you choose to, because we have the p free exercise of religion.t(i] the -- the immigration folks -- [ applause ]fá -- the immigration folks initially said, no they're goink to leave the text as-is, we continued to presse1 them ont andney sent a letter back saying you're right.ñr we're going to change this to what our constitutional right "wall street journal" has a nice piece about that. these are small victories but ç1 add up small victories and we're turning the sha ge1e1xdfáe1 storm. and it will be a long way. i will tell you there are a lot of people that have this sense that our hope should be in not be in washington. i would say we have a higher hope than that. i would also tell you that for all of the folks that believe if we just elect the right people they will change the nation. let me remind you of something. washington doesn't change the
country. the country changes washington.d so the way this will turn around is a lot harder. it is the engagement of people like you. that will actually engage in thk hard work, because this is tougher than we want to say it is at times. quite frankly, there is this sense that if we could only get( washington to flip it will flip everything else, and as we come to the reality of, it will really flip when we change our our communities and our churches. that's where the work begins.w3 but that's where it actually works. in the end. so here's what i'd like to challenge you for. just a few things. i would like to encouu>tvou to do something bold. vote. lean in. get engag?yui]jf it's amazing to me the number of christians that step back and say, you know w&iá? i it really doesn't make a difference. it's one vote. tiring, it's a long line. this candidate. i'm just not going to vote. tell you what, that is a sure sign of watching god just be
removed from any kind>/q influence in washington, d.c.e1 if we as the church fail to step up and vo4m:ur((qr(páe all of that leadership to everyone else who's not in the church. to step up and make sure our voices are actually heard. the church has the responsibility to step up and say, our task is our task. i am afraid and as a person who's been in ministry two decades, i am concerned that at% times the church is saying, you know what? government's going to take care tq!q9ñ government's going to take care of those in poverty, those with great need. government's going to take care of all of those issues.çóq we have 4.1 million federal employees right now. highest in the history of the government. our federal budget is over $4 trillion. the highest budget that it's ever been in the history of the government. how's that working out for us?jd you know what woe solution? rjr)áháo
say, maybe the church needs to step up and be the church again. to actually do what we are called to do.kot( [ applause ] foundation of the nation, foundation of the nation has always been our families. it's always been there.ok you see, government rises and ó[ gets bigger when families collapse.çó and as families falter, government rises and tries to help children that are exposed, tries to help moms exposed, help in education and criminal justice. all of those things are based on of the. so the government continues to get bigger, bigger, bigger to solve the issue of the family.ú government's not a great solution for families. churches are. if churches were to lean in and say, i'm going to mentor a young family so we don't see the divorce rate we have. have 400,000 children in the çd foster system right now.r if every church adopted one child or have one foster family in their church, one foster family, we would solve the foster care in our nation.
there are very specific ways our church can step up and lead in this and we are at our bestambujrup(uuallyu do that. you see, we don't believe that government is thej 68uu%=99ñe1 we actually believe in crazy 5a verses like psalm 121, i lift my eyes up towards the mountains.e1 there's a hill higher than capitol hill. where does my help come from? my help comes from the lord, maker of heaven and earth.e1e1 we get the bigger picture. it's not capitol hill that's the pinnacle spot. we understand there is something bigger, but we also understand that it's not only the right thing to do there's a right way to do it.fáé@ let me tell you one of the challenges the church has, and what we have as christians. wed%t$qi 9n into the siren song of the angry voices, and we assumeh(0at's the way we're going to make a difference. peter wrote to a church in a pagan society and he said to them i challenge you to be aliens and st#uquá world, to live such good lives among gentiles though tv%- accuse you of doing wrong they %yk
glorify god on the day that he visits us, and here are five ideas to stand out in a crowd. number one, honor authority. you want to make a difference in our community, we do politics in a different way. we stand up for what's right and we honor authority at the same time we're doing it. the whole world will look at us, say, why do you do that? "%"t(resent truth.portunity to we are not consumed with being the angriest. we are consumed with being right. and doing god's work, god's way. and at times i believe we pray q for revival, because it sounds so much easier than actually doing the work. you know whatpw1 let's do the work.e1 because there is much to be don( in our nation, and the church of all people should lead. i have a job.ñr of the state of oklahoma, and i will do it with all my might because we have a lot to get done, but we together have much to get done together. let's do it. god bless y'all. [ applause ]xdxdñr
>> ladies and gentlemen, please help me welcome to the stage thá the national execuî of freedom and faith coalition, timothy head. [ applause ]xd >> encouraged? you feelin' it? [ applause ]e1 you understand now why we pull together and why we invite the people that we invite to come participate, at least for me, ç xá's incredibly encouraging t hear and see and almost be able to reach out and touch the actual people that, that carry 1 the values, carry the very fáe1 burdens t(@;huá in our own hearts and minds.çód langford, for those remarks. making it happen as the senator just told us is a different it's an additional animal, ax different skill set.q we want quick results, we want d
fast, urgent, immediate results3 but you know what?ñr sometimes the long-term results take the long game. they require a longer perspective than just one xd congressi election cycle sometimes, even. presentation is going to come from a gentde$an who understands that intrinsically. the united states senate is a lp complicated body. the personalities involved are k sometimes elaborate personalities.xd the rules themselves are nuance1 and intricate rules and the policy itself is what we talk but it's my pleasure to welcome the senate majority leader who 1 not only understands the values1 and the principles that make us who we are but also understands the process in order to make ctually happen.order to make would you please join me in
mcconnell. [ applause ] >> well, thank you very much, e1 tim. it's great to see you. had an opportunity to hear from two of our finest in senator perdue and senator james langford, and i'm pleased to be here with you today this year once again. when the american people elected añi new republican majorityxd i 2014, they called for the senate to get back to work. as james pointed out, the previous majority didn't do much.i] at 15 roll call votes on amendments in an entire year.qók they wanted an end to democratic dysfunction. they knew it was time to go in a new direction, and that's what we've delivered since taking office in january of 2015. we passed the most important k q through 12 education reform in more than decade.